This is especially so for housing associations, taking into account the complexity of the work undertaken, the sensitivity of information held about tenants and the requirement to work alongside, and share information with, third party organisations. This will no doubt become increasingly complex with the impending changes to data protection legislation, currently due to come into force in 2018.
Bevan Brittan has an in-depth knowledge of the unique challenges that face our housing association clients. Our Information Law team are on hand to provide accessible and high-quality advice, ranging from one off queries and instructions to retainer style arrangements to give you comfort that your organisation is legally compliant in this complex area.
We provide advice that is both pragmatic and cost-effective, to ensure that matters are managed proactively and with as little impact as possible on clients’ core businesses. This includes:
- Advising on and drafting data sharing agreements and clauses in commercial documents, privacy notices and internal data protection policies and protocols
- Delivering training and workshops on data protection issues and practical steps for compliance
- Advising organisations in relation to compliance with subject access requests, information security and data loss
- Assisting organisations with the management of data breaches
- Representing clients in relation to individuals' complaints of breach of their data processing rights, both to the Information Commissioner's Office and to Court
- Where applicable, Freedom of Information Act and Environmental Information Regulations requests, including the application of exemptions from disclosure and the public interest test.
If you would to receive any information regarding our information law services please contact a member of the Information Law team (overleaf) or your usual Bevan Brittan contact.